Vintage Westerns Wednesday Features: “The Young Land” Starring Patrick Wayne
The Trouble Maker…The Law Maker…. BOTH not old enough to Vote!
THE YOUNG LAND; 1959; Studio: Columbia Pictures; Director: Ted Tetzlaff; Cast: Patrick Wayne, Yvonne Craig, Dennis Hopper, Dan O’Herlihy, Ken Curtis
Patrick (son of John) Wayne was still in college when he tackled his first starring role in this tale of a beleaguered California lawman in love with a local businessman’s daughter while also trying to bring an American gunfighter to justice for the murder of a Mexican man. The Mexican-American War has just come to an end, and as tensions mount and a trial is held, the question that hangs over everyone’s head is whether or not justice will truly be done.
Originally intended as a Disney release through Buena Vista Productions, The Young Land was completed in 1957and has been in the public domain for many years, resulting in multiple home video releases. The film’s theme song, “Strange Are the Ways of Love,” was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to “High Hopes” from A Hole in the Head. “Let’s have the gun.” “What, for shootin’ a Mexican?” “For shootin’ a man.”
Movie commentary provided for our recently released 2021 Vintage Westerns Calendar seen above provided by Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg. Dr. Blumberg is an educator, publisher, author, comic book and pop culture historian, and former museum curator. He is the author or co-author of Journey of the Living Dead, Zombiemania, and Howe’s Transcendental Toybox. He was the editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, and also writes for IGN.com and Fandom. He holds a doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and teaches courses in everything from comics and superhero mythology to zombies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can find him on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead